Command Decision

Series 1 - Episode 3 Command Decision



Captain Mainwaring is clearly enjoying being in charge of his Local Defence Volunteers, but pressure is mounting on him at their lack of weapons. Then Colonel Square (Geoffrey Lumsden) pays a first visit, offering rifles on the condition that he takes over command. It’s a well-scripted dilemma introducing a nice note of drama, and leads to an untypically emotional outcome.

It’s also a noteworthy episode for Jones, who cries, faints and makes a surprising confession. The usual sloppy drill and ineffectual training are geed up by some amusing horseplay (look out for the film being reversed). And it’s helpful for the purpose of one punchline to know that Odol was a toothpaste!


Captain Mainwaring puts the defence of the realm before personal pride, resulting in him nearly losing command of the platoon. Classic comedy with the Home Guard, starring Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier.

Cast & Crew

Capt Mainwaring Arthur Lowe
Sgt Wilson John Le Mesurier
L Cpl Jones Clive Dunn
Pte Frazer John Laurie
Pte Walker James Beck
Pte Pike Ian Lavender
Pte Godfrey Arnold Ridley
Janet King Caroline Dowdeswell
Col Square Geoffrey Lumsden
The soldier Gordon Peters
Producer David Croft
Writer Jimmy Perry
Writer David Croft
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